Today’s a special day for my family. Friends and loved ones will gather together to celebrate my husband’s success. We’ve been planning this day for quite some time, checking our lists to make sure that every detail is just right. Loved ones have traveled great distances to be here to support us and to celebrate with us. We’ll eat good food and enjoy being together. Today, people will stand and say nice things about my husband and we’ll all do everything we can to make sure he knows how much we love him.
Six hours away, my friend is gathering with her friends and loved ones to mourn her father’s death. They’re making lists to plan a goodbye event, checking to be sure that every detail is just right. In a few days, people will stand and say nice things about her dad. Loved ones will travel great distances to be there to support her family and to grieve with them. Friends are already bringing in food that her family may eat but probably won’t taste. We, her friends, will do everything we can to make sure she knows how much we love her and support her during this difficult time.
And even though it seems like the world should stop to rejoice with my family and mourn with hers, today people will go to work, to the grocery store, and to baseball games as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Neither of our days will make even the local news tonight.
Prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude.
Prayers for peace and strength to endure difficult days.
Prayers will be offered to a Father Who loves both of us and will be with both of us today.